Liberation Theologies in the US

REL622
Fall 2016
TH 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area: 
Area II
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course will introduce students to various US theologies of liberation – black, feminist, womanist, mujerista, Latino/a, American indigenous, Asian, Asian feminist, and queer theologies – that have developed over the course of the late 20th and early 21st centuries as theoretical and practical responses to the problem of human suffering.  The course will explore key aspects of how liberation theologians have grounded their advocacy of sociopolitical transformation in their respective understandings of God’s identity and God’s plan for humankind and the world. Distinctive features of liberationist theological approaches to doctrine and dominant theological themes will be explored.  Emphasis will be placed on the relevance and future of liberation theologies for the 21st century church in the US.

Background Expected: 

N/A

Course Requirements: 

Five (5) 1-page critical reflections papers

One (1) 5-page in-class discussion starter paper

One (1) in-class group presentation

One (1) 1-page Final paper proposal

One (1) 12-15 page “Two Thinkers” final paper

Basis of Evaluation: 

Completion of assignments by due date

Accuracy and precision of scholarship

Clarity and intellectual precision of oral and written presentations

Depth of comprehension of reading material and in-class engagement

Creativity

Grammar & Style